This week in Christian history: John Knox; day of prayer against grasshoppers, influential missionary dies

John Knox returns to Scotland – May 2, 1559

John Knox
A nineteenth century portrait of John Knox (1514–1572), Scottish minister and Protestant Reformation leader. |

This week marks the anniversary of when John Knox, the Protestant Reformation leader who was key to introducing Presbyterianism to Scotland, returned to the British country.

Years earlier, Knox had had to flee Scotland when Roman Catholic monarch Mary Tudor became queen, spending years in mainland Europe before returning after her death.

“Traveling via Dieppe, Knox arrived at the port of Leith in Edinburgh on May 2, 1559. ‘John Knox is come!’ rang throughout Scotland,” explained Gregory E. Reynolds of the Orthodox Presbyterian Church.

Later that year, Knox became the minister at St. Giles Cathedral in Edinburgh, serving in that influential church position for 13 years until his death.

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